Get Your Instrument Rating

Simplifly Offers Accelerated and Flexible Training Options

The next step after your private is the instrument rating. It is earned through intensive training focused on flying solely by reference to instruments. A well-trained and proficient instrument pilot can fly an airplane from point A to point B without ever having to look out the window except for takeoff and landing.

How Long Will it Take?

The amount of time required to earn an instrument rating varies and largely depends on weather, availability, finances, and how often a student is available to fly. In our accelerated program, an instrument rating can be earned in approximately two months. If flying only a few times a week, expect to be ready for your instrument checkride in a few months to a year.

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

  • Read, speak, write and understand the English language
  • Hold a valid private pilot certificate
  • 50 hours cross country time
  • 40 hours instrument time
  • Complete a 250NM cross country along airways or by routing from a air traffic control facility
  • Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor
  • Pass a practical test for the aircraft rating sought

Reference 14 CFR §61.65 for the entire list of eligibility requirements.

The SimpliFly Guarantee

If you have completed your private, instrument, commercial, and CFI training at SimpliFly, we have an exciting opportunity for you. As a testament to our confidence in your abilities, we offer a guaranteed interview for a teaching position as a CFI within our flight school. This exclusive opportunity allows you to showcase the knowledge and skills you have acquired during your training journey with us. Join our team of dedicated instructors, inspire future aviators, and make a meaningful impact in the aviation community. Take the next step in your career as a CFI with SimpliFly and let your passion for aviation soar.

Step 1. Flight Training

During this phase, you will undertake 50 hours of cross-country flight, exposing you to diverse terrains, airspace, and navigation challenges. Guided by our instructors, you will gain invaluable experience in planning and executing cross country flights, enhancing your proficiency in flight planning, navigation, and communication. Additionally, you will dedicate 40 hours to instrument time where you will learn to operate solely by reference to instruments developing your skills in precision approaches, holding patterns, and flying in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC).

Our expert instructors will provide personalized guidance and hands-on training to ensure you master the art of instrument flying and build the necessary confidence to tackle real-world challenges.

Flight in IMC conditions

Step 2. Written Exam

Achieving instrument proficiency involves demonstrating a strong theoretical understanding of instrument flight principles. In this step, you will prepare for and successfully pass the instrument written exam. Our comprehensive training materials and knowledgeable instructors will provide you with the resources and guidance needed to thoroughly grasp the concepts covered in the exam.

From instrument flight rules (IFR) regulations and procedures to weather theory and instrument navigation, we will equip you with the knowledge and problem-solving skills required to excel in the written exam. Through practice tests, in depth discussions, and one on one support, we will ensure that you are well-prepared to confidently tackle the exam and lay a solid foundation for your instrument training journey.

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Step 3. Long Cross Country

Put your newly acquired instrument skills to the test with an exciting long cross country flight, a significant milestone in your instrument training. During this phase, you will apply your knowledge in real world scenarios, mastering advanced navigation techniques and utilizing instrument procedures. Guided by our experienced instructors, you will plan and execute a challenging cross country flight, encountering varying weather conditions, complex airspace, and diverse terrain.

This experience will refine your decision making abilities, enhance your situational awareness, and deepen your understanding of instrument flight operations. As you overcome the challenges of long distance flying, you will develop the confidence and competence required to navigate confidently through the instrument system and safely reach your destination.

Student passing ppl checkride

Step 4. Checkride

The final step before earning your instrument rating is preparing for the check ride. Our dedicated instructors will provide comprehensive check ride preparation, ensuring you are fully equipped to demonstrate your instrument flying proficiency. Through rigorous practice, simulated check ride scenarios, and detailed feedback, we will fine-tune your skills and knowledge to meet and exceed the evaluation standards.

We will focus on honing your precision in instrument approaches, executing accurate instrument procedures, and showcasing your decision making capabilities. With our guidance and support, you will approach the check ride with confidence and readiness, ready to showcase your expertise and attain your well deserved instrument rating.

Passing a checkride at SimpliFly


We are a team of aviation experts in Mesa, AZ with decades of combined experience in the flight training industry. Our simple and effective training programs are designed to get you safely in the air as quickly as possible.



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